Thursday, March 7, 2019

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small business grants

DOE Announces $100 Million in Small Business Innovation and Technology Funding -

Posted: 06 Mar 2019 08:09 AM PST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued its FY 2019 Phase II Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with approximately $100 million in available funding. 

"Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. "Providing small businesses with greater opportunities to enhance science and technology research and development strengthens the economic security for our entire country."

The following DOE program offices are participating in this FOA:

  • Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

  • Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

  • Office of Electricity

  • Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • Office of Environmental Management

  • Office of Fossil Energy

  • Office of Fusion Energy Sciences

  • Office of High Energy Physics

  • Office of Nuclear Energy

Eligible small businesses that have previously received Phase I grants will be able to complete for Phase II grants with a duration of up to 2 years and maximum award amounts of $1,000,000 or $1,500,000, depending on research topic.  Phase II grants allow businesses that conducted early stage feasibility research and development in Phase I to reduce their innovations to practice by developing working prototypes or new processes. 

In addition, eligible small businesses that have received prior Phase II awards will be able to complete for second or third Phase II grants with a duration of up to 2 years and a maximum award amount of $1,100,000.  Third Phase II awards are new this year and were authorized by Congress in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.  More information on these awards is contained in the FOA and the program website. 

DOE recognizes the important role that small businesses play in driving innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy.  The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs can be found on the program's website HERE.

More details on DOE SBIR/STTR Phase II Release 1 FOA can be found HERE.

How To Help Laceys Elemen7ts Win A $50K Small Business Grant - Lacey, NJ Patch

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 11:50 AM PST

Alyssa Schlueter founded Elemen7ts by NitroGirl to combine her passions for chemistry and food. The Lacey-based business joined the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, and residents can make sure the ice cream shop isn't left out in the cold.

The grant offers the opportunity for a small business to receive $50,000 if they win the grand prize. The silver prize earns $30,000, and eight bronze-prize winners receive $15,000 each.

You can vote here for Elemen7ts to receive the grant. The voting period began Feb. 27 and runs until April 1. FedEx will announce the top 100 on April 5 and the winner April 29.

Elemen7ts creates all their ice cream with liquid nitrogen, which Schlueter says is -321 degrees. She fell in love with chemistry at age 15 and later worked in science.

"My favorite thing to do was to make people happy!" she wrote on the FedEx contest page. "How could I do this w/ my degree & make a living? One day I took a chance, invested in equipment, & NitroGirl was born!"

Elemen7ts works to inspire kids to stay engaged in school and chase their dreams, while also offering them tasty desserts, Schlueter wrote.

Her business would use the grant to improve outdoor seating for nice weather and possibly develop a second location. They would also print updated brochures and marketing materials.

"Most importantly, we'd be able to hit the ground running on our "NitroFamily" campaign to unite our community as one," Schlueter wrote.

Click here to vote for Elemen7ts by NitroGirl.

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FedEx launches small business grant contest, top winners will receive over $220000 -

Posted: 28 Feb 2019 03:19 PM PST

Memphis-based FedEx Corp. has announced the launch of its 7th annual Small Business Grant Contest that offers grants and services to ten U.S. based small businesses worth $220,500, the largest sum since the contest was established in 2012.

In addition to the grants, winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses, as well as packages designed to help them with website optimization, design thinking, social media, and print expertise. Specifically, the 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest prize packages include:

• Grand prize: One (1) winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services;
• Silver prize: One (1) winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services;
• Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services

"We know it's difficult for even the most promising of small businesses to grow and scale, especially at the beginning of their lifecycle," said Scott Harkins, senior vice president, Customer Channel Marketing at FedEx. "That's why we are proud to offer our top ten winners so much more than just the funds to help them grow their businesses. This year, our winners will receive much needed expertise and advice on some of the most fundamental and critical aspects of building a viable and sustainable business – and we will stay on with them as a trusted advisor as they take their businesses to the next level."

The 2018 contest garnered nearly 665,000 votes and attracted more than 7,800 candidates from across the United States. Grand Prize winner Rumi Spice, a small Chicago-based business that sources and brings to market premier saffron from the fields of Afghanistan, was founded by former Army officer Keith Alaniz and two friends who, while serving in the war-torn country, realized the need to provide economic alternatives to opium farming for the Afghan people.

In the year since they took home the grand prize in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, Rumi Spice has used its winnings to greatly improve their supply chain logistics, as they transport the saffron out of Afghanistan and bring it to Chicago where it is then packaged and sent to Michelin star restaurants and consumers all over the U.S.

Over the past seven years, 24,000 businesses have entered the contest in the U.S. alone. The contest has now grown from one country to eleven countries and the grant pool for the U.S. contest has grown from $50,000 to $220,500 in total cash prizes.

The 2019 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses that have fewer than 99 employees and have been operating for six months or more. To enter, participants must visit and enter their contact information, write a short profile about their business, and upload four photos of their business or product, including their logo.

While not required, participants also have the option of submitting a 90-second "elevator speech" video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period is open from February 19 to March 25, 2019, with voting to take place from February 27 to April 1, 2019.



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